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What makes a meaningful assignment?

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I’ve been talking a lot about reducing the picky and endless details of the assignments in order to get the students to dig deeper and think more holistically so the whole experience becomes more meaningful.  But what does that mean exactly?  How do I know if the assignments are meaningful?  Certainly, I evaluate by deeply […]

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The Only-in-New-York Assignment

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OK, so the commute is horrible and keeps getting worse with the increasing subway crowds and rent is ridiculous.  But this city gives back: awesome food and people and energy and a place for someone as weird as I am.  AND it gives me an on-going protest at Trump Tower (TT) where people read work […]

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The First Speech

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How did students do on their first speech? The short of it is:  I’m pleased.  The vast majority of the students did their speeches on time and they were just as good, if not better, as previous semesters.  Actually, they seemed better but I don’t really have a clear way to measure that.  I certainly […]

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Less Grading, Better Student Performance

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I’m grading less in two ways: number of assignments and number of evaluative categories.  Remember, this is the basic public speaking class.  Traditionally we have 3-4 required f2f speeches.  I am requiring two.  In the last 25 years of my teaching this course, it has always been a panic to get through all of the […]

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The Sixth Assignment

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This refers to the “come up with your own assignment and I have to ok it” option.  This assignment is the epitome of my teaching philosophy for this course.  It gives them the opportunity to create their own learning, to think about what they need to know, what situation to apply this course to.  I […]